Friday 21 October 2016

Convicted rapist beaten and chased out of Dublin suburb by furious mob

Laura Larkin and Ken Foy

Published 05/06/2015 | 10:11

Danny Ward
Danny Ward

A CONVICTED child rapist had to be hospitalised after being beaten by a vigilante mob which ran him out of a Dublin suburb.

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Danny Ward - who is on the sex offenders register - was set upon in Ringsend by a number of men on Wednesday night. The paedophile (35) had been staying in a bed and breakfast in the area, but locals only found out about it this week.

The convicted criminal was staying only a short walk away from a local crèche and playgroup. Schools and community centres are also close to the address he was staying at.

Now pictures, circulated on social media, show the result of the beating Ward received at the hands of outraged locals. In one image his mouth is bloodied and he is seen on the ground. In another he is leaning against a car, seemingly trying to recover from the attack.

Dressed in jeans and a sports jacket, the notorious offender has shaved off the distinctive beard he was last seen with on the streets of the capital.

A number of angry people can be seen in the background, standing alongside a squad car.

Gardai said that they responded to what they described as a "public order incident" on the Irishtown Road at around 9pm on Wednesday.


Ward had been drinking in a local pub when he was spotted by a man who recognised him from previous media coverage. Ward was said to be "knocking back pints at the time".

It is understood that the man who spotted him called a few of his associates and Ward left the pub, but by this stage the other individuals arrived at the scene and Ward "suffered a few thumps".

Officers from Irishtown Garda Station rushed to the scene. No arrests were made and sources said that there were no plans to make arrests in relation to the incident.

Ward was brought to St Vincent's Hospital, where he received treatment for what were described as minor injuries.

Sources told the Herald that he will now be "re-housed" in another location.

Ward, who cuts a hulking figure, has been driven out of a Dublin community before.

In October 2014, locals gathered outside a northside bed and breakfast to protest at his residence there.

Reports that he had been spotted acting suspiciously outside of a girls' school in Glasnevin saw a group of angry parents gather at his residence and demand he be moved on.

Details of his sentence or crime can't be published in order to protect the identity of his victim, but as a convicted sex offender Ward is required to sign on at a garda station every seven days.

Following the melee in Ringsend local parents took to social media to express their outrage that he was living in their area.

One dad of two young children reported that the criminal had been chatting with locals and spending time in a park in the Dublin 4 suburb frequented by families.

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